Drama

Curriculum Map

 What will I study?How will I be assessed?
Year 7Drama is no longer to be delivered in Year 7Drama is no longer to be delivered in Year 7
Year 8Drama in Year 8 introduces the four key strands of our curricula – Improvisation and Devising, Exploring Texts, Approaches to Drama and Issues In & Through Drama.Assessment evidence is derived from performances in front of class peers, as well as in observed contributions towards devising, interpreting and directing pieces of drama. Written assessments are used to evaluate recorded pieces as well to recap recent and prior learning.
You will also complete a range of skills based assessments focusing on the main skill areas of science, including modelling, investigating, analysing and evaluating.
Year 9In Year 9, we further embed the role of Drama in culture through an extended study of Storytelling conventions and techniques through the ages. Students are further encouraged to own their work and produce drama from personal experiences, sometimes as soloists. There will also be further study of an issue-based text as well as exploration of additional genres.Assessment evidence is derived from performances in front of class peers, as well as in observed contributions towards devising, interpreting and directing pieces of drama. Written assessments are used to evaluate recorded pieces as well to recap recent and prior learning.
You will also complete a range of skills based assessments focusing on the main skill areas of science, including modelling, investigating, analysing and evaluating.
Year 10
Year 11
The BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Acting) offers a great opportunity to develop performance skills along with independence, initiative, creativity and confidence in a course which demands motivation and application to succeed. The course comprises of three units, the first of which (Acting Skills) sees us approach the many aspects of an actor’s work through numerous means, from movement-focused children’s devising to sophisticated approaches to interpreting scripted pieces. Preparation, Performance and Production places the responsibility for delivering a performance in the hands of our students, giving them the freedom to demonstrate their skills while managing the more practical elements of preparing performance work. Individual Showcase – an externally-assessed unit – reflects the process of auditioning and applying for opportunities in acting, with students building a repertoire of audition material through the exploration of texts which showcase their abilities.

In Year 10, Acting Skills will be assessed through responses to a diverse range of devising and interpreting workshops, as well as written reflections and a more substantial performance of an extract from a scripted play. The Unit makes up 50% of overall grades. A further 25% comes from Preparation, performance and Production, begun in the last half term of Year 10, where assessment evidence is gathered from explorative work as well as rehearsals for and performance of a devised or scripted piece of drama. The remaining 25% is assessed externally. In this final unit – Individual Showcase – students select an assignment from a choice of four and prepare a demonstration performance or presentation along with a letter of application for a fictional vocational opportunity.
For AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics, pupils are assessed in two papers for each one. Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and counts for 50% of that GCSE.
These options allow students to study science at Post-16 and fulfils the science qualification requirement specified within the EBacc.